8 Dec
DMA FOLK ALL STARS DANCE BAND 2014 af den norske fotograf Knut Utler

DMA FOLK ALL STARS DANCE BAND 2014, by the Norwegian photographer, Knut Utler

You take six folk musicians who never really shared a stage all together, and you ask them to come to Copenhagen, traveling from every corner of the country in late November 2014. Then you put them on stage in Copenhagen Jazzhouse, right after they gave away the awards at the Danish Music Award Folk (Danish “Grammy”) Galla Show, asking them to play for a one hour long traditional dance, and The DMA Folk All Stars Dance Band is born! In the band, collected by fiddler Kristian Bugge, was/is:

Kristian Bugge: Violin, Mette Kathrine Jensen: Chromatic Accordion, Sonnich Lydom: Diatonic accordion, harmonicas, Anders Ringgaard: Trombone, Malene Beck: Piano & me myself on guitar.

We hope that the band will be booked to perform at some of next summer’s festivals in and outside Denmark.


23 Nov
Jensen & Bugge + Høirup i Frederiksberg Have november 2014

Jensen & Bugge + Høirup in Frederiksberg Have, Copenhagen November 2014

Borcher Madsen was born in 1815 in Væggerløse on the Danish Island, Falster. When he grew up, he married and moved to Nykøbing where he worked as “Musik Direktør”, Independed musician, for many years until his death in 1897.

We know around 100 compositions by Borcher Madsen, and inspired by Frede Nielsen from Højreby Spillemandslaug, the duo “Jensen & Bugge” – Mette Kathrine Jensen (accordion) and Kristian Bugge (violin) – picked out 16 tunes, which we have arranged for violin, accordion and guitar, and recorded at the Soundscape Studio, Louise Nipper’s place in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen.

We are talking about a number of pretty different dance tunes, pollas, waltzes, hopsas, menuets, reels and more, titled “Slid din tid” (Wear your time), “Efterårsvalsen” (The Autumn Waltz), “Vilhelmine Polka”, “Fanny Polka”, “Grevindens Menuet” (Countess Minuet), and so on.

The album will be released in the summer of 2015, on the 200 year anniversary for Borcher Madsen’s birth, together with a music collection of tunes from Borcher Madsen’s repertoire, and will be followed by a number of concerts around in Denmark.

As early as 27th of November 2015 Jensen & Bugge + Høirup will play a concert containing a number of Borche Madsen tunes at Riksscenen in Oslo, Norway, and on the 29th of November, the trio will meet up with Sonnich Lydom (accordion, harmonica), Malene Beck (piano) and Anders Ringaard (trombone), to perform a traditional dance with music from Thy, in the very northern part of Denmark. This will happen in the very center of Copenhagen, at Jazzhouse, where the Danish Music Award Folk Galla Party is being celebrated.

jensen & Bugge + Høirup’s cooperation was taking its beginning a few years back, and the trio has already performed a number of dances and concerts in Denmark and French-Canada. You can follow the trio on this page or at


2 Nov
Spider in the Fiddle i Frederiksberg Have

Spider in the Fiddle in Frederiksberg Have

Now it is here, the new album of Himmerland, “Spider in the Fiddle, called after a little spider that travelled with us in Ditte’s fiddle when we toured in Australia. The contain quite a few new tunes plus four old songs, composed and arranged for violin, saxophone, guitar, electric bass guitar, percussion and vocals by the band. You ca et the album from, or

Record release and concert at Bartof Station, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen on November 7th 2014.

Here is the tour plan for the release week:

November 4th: Ejdrup Kirke, Ejdrup, Himmerland
November 6th: Hillerød Bibliotek, Hillerød
November 7th: Bartof Station, Frederiksberg, København (CD-reception/koncert)
November 8th: Odsherred Bibliotek, Aksen i Asnæs (Sammen med bl.a. Habadekuk)
November 9th: Det Bruunske Pakhus, Fredericia

More info at:


13 Sep
Foto: Lieve Bousauw har fanget undertegnede fra en sjov vinkel på scenen på Goiikoorts Int. Volksmuziekfestival, Belgien, i sommer

Photo: Lieve Bousauw got me from a funny angel on stage at Goiikoorts Int. Volksmuziekfestival, Belgium, this summer

The fall is my favorit time of the year, I love the fresh and clear air, the changing wether and the many beautiful colours, especially when I am traveling, so that I can experience the fall in different versions.

During the coming 2-3 month, I’ll be touring in Denmark and Scotland with my band, Himmerland. I have been looking forward to that for a long time, especially the trip to Orkney where they have a harsh nature, and a fantastic envirement, that Iam pretty crazy about (Not to mention their malt whiskey).

In October I am going to The English Folk Expo in Manchester, England, and to Womex in santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain, to promote and lobby for Danish roots- and folk music, and for our new online radio,

In the beginning of November, Himmerland goes on a tour in Denmark, to introduce our new album, “The Spider in the Fiddle”, containing 4 old Danish songs in very new arrangements, and a number of new compositions by the band members. Right while I am writing this, we are mixing the new album, and it sound very promising, really! Follow the process on


8 Jul
Morten Belgien juli 14

Photo: Bart Vanoutrive, Gooikoorts Folk Festival, Belgium

What a summer: New album with Dwight “Red”” Lamb and Jensen & Bugge just came out, Haapavesi Folk Festival in Finland with ACO, Gooikoorts Int. volksmuziekfestival in Belgium with Himmerland, recordings for Himmerland’s new album at Torben Sminge’s place, recordings for Jensen & Bugge’s new Borcher Madsen-album at Louise Nippers placeon Frederiksberg, going to Samsø to relaxe and compose new music at DJBFA’s house, festivals in Italy and Denmark (Musik over Præstø Fjord and Tønder Festival), Bardentreffen Festival in Nürnberg, Germany, with Fin Alfred (my father), and much, much more…

…and then there is the new job as editor of our new online radio station, broadcasting Danish roots and folk music around the clock at!

It is great to be busy also during the summer, and it is going to be very interesting to follow these projects the coming months and years.


22 Jun

American Café OrchestraNow we have arrived in Helsinki where we rehearse a bit before taking the train 600 kilometers up north to Haapavesi where the sun never dissapear at this time a year.

I am traveling with two old friends, the American violinist, Ruthie Dornfeld, and the Finnish bass player, flute player and jews harp player, Tapani Varis, people that I have performed with during many years, and with whom I released the album “Nightmare Polka” in 2012.

Our trio is called ACO (American Café orchestra), and here in Finland, we are going to teach at ‘Haapavesi Folk Music Course’ and perform at ‘Haapavesi Folk Festival’. It is great to play with Ruthie and Tapani and to re-discover how fantastic and inspiring musicians they are – they can make my compositions blossom, and that is just great to experience.

My 13 year old son, Carl Alfred, is traveling with us, he is going to participate in Antti Järvelä’s band playing class – taht is garantied to be a lot of hard work, and a lot of fun for the lad. See more at:


20 May

fin alfredDuring the first weekend of August I am going to play with my old father at the 39th “Bardentreffen Nürnberg”, which will mark that it is exactely 100 years since Germany declared war against Russia, and a couple of days later, against France.

The headline of the festival is “War and Peace”, and the job is to sing soldiers’ songs and peace songs from Denmark, the serious ones as well as the many joking songs that the Danish soldiers used, to keep up the spirit. We will work with a tranlater on stage, and it is going to be ver interesting and probably pretty entertaining, to see the old man tell his many great stories to the German audience through an interpreter.

We have, with generous help from the people behind this great festival, made sure that we have a couple of days in Nürnberg. It has been quite a while since I have been visiting such a large city with my old man, and I am sure that Nürnberg is going to be a lot of fun. We will be looking for exciting instruments, cloth for the traveling people and German beer, of course

More info at


9 May

Morten Alfred - Radiofolk“Morten Alfred burn for the folk music and for the musicians who plays it. And he works without getting tired to get the message about what the folk music from Denmark is able to, spread out to the world. That is why he is given this price”.

Thus were the words when I received the Danish Musicians Unions Copenhagen Department’s prize as “Fiery Soul of the Year 2014” just reasonly. With the prize followed 15.000 DKR.

It is, of cause always wonderful when people notice and appreciate what you are doing, but to get this price from good colleageues is just fantastic, and it makes me feel absolutely humble. Thank you for the prize, I’ll do my almost to live up to it in the future.

Right now I am mostly focused on my work as editor of Radio Folk, our new internet radio station that ROSA (Dansk Rock Samråd) has started on this adress: Here you can listen to Danish roots and folk music around the clock. You can also find us at


4 Apr

AustralienOne year has gone since Himmerland vent to Australia and New Zealand to tour for 22 days. This tour brought us to the National Folk Festival in Canberra, which was a wonderful experience. Ever since then we have worked on being able to return to Australia, and now it is happening. Himmerland has been invited to perform at FolkWorld Fairbridge Festival in the western part of Australia. In Fairbridge they describe Himmerland as “Adrenaline-infused Scandinavian roots music with an African heartbeat”. The festival is happening in the weekend 25th – 27th of April, which is in the Australian autumn when the temperature is down where it is good for out door activities. On our way to Fairbridge we will lperform at venues in the Sydney area, and once more at the National Folk Festival in in Canberra. We wil also do a couple concerts in Melbourne, so all in all we will appear at venues and festivals across Australia from the 17th to the 27th of April. We are very much looking forward to meet all of you, and to introduce you to some of the very new material that we are working on right now, and that we are going to record for our new album in May. You can read more about FolkWorld Fairbridge Festival at: and about National Folk Festival:


10 Mar
Himmerland hos Eskil Romme i Halkær i Himmerland

Himerland visiting Eskil Romme in Halkær, Himmerland

We in the Danish band Himmerland are working very hard these days to get some new tunes and songs on the repetoire for our upcoming tour in Denmark. The tour starts on March 18th and continues until March 22nd, and we will play new music by the band members, music that was never performed in public before. We have a couple of traditional songs in new arrangements, and new music composed together or by each of us. Come and listen and let us know what you think – the venues is in the calendar of this site. We are looking forward to see you soon! More info at: